Campus Ministry NEws
Immaculata's Campus Ministry Department is a vibrant community of school chaplain, staff, faculty, and students. We are constantly seeking new opportunities to grow our long-established presence. Whether new outreach opportunities or fundraisers, we are always announcing upcoming events and news pertaining to our students recent successes.
SERVICE DEDICATION AWARDS
2017 COMMUNITY OUTREACH AWARDS
The Service Hall of Fame distinction for volunteering 1000 or more hours in 4 years or less goes to senior Daniel Rogers, 1012 hours. Daniel has also volunteered the most hours for the June 2016–May 2017 year, an outstanding 452 hours.
The Most Volunteer Hours during the academic year (September–May) were served by (in a statistical tie) juniors Meaghan O’Connor and Kevin Dalessio at 228 and 225 hours respectively.
The Environmental Stewardship honor for most hours, 96, volunteered towards furniture pick-ups, composting, garage sale and other ecological events combined during the academic year goes to sophomore James Cummins.
The Hero to the Impoverished award for most hours dedicated to programs dealing with poverty during the academic year (soup kitchens, homeless shelters, Appalachia, Habitat for Humanity) goes to junior Noah Jordan, 86 hours.
Most Faithful Servant honor for leading in most events served throughout the entire year (June 2016–May 2017), 61 events, goes to junior Allison Russell.
Garage Sale Dedication: 228 students collectively volunteered 2,915 hours to the Garage Sale this year. Sophomore Bridgette LeBoeuf led this generous large group with 57 total hours.
The Mother Teresa “Do Small Things with Great Love” award for most hours volunteering with the elderly and people of special needs goes to sophomore Deonna Powell, 50 hours.
The Social Justice award for volunteering the most hours through fundraising, pro-life, service towards victims and other awareness programs goes to junior Erin McGovern, 34 hours.
DIOCESAN AND NATIONAL SERVICE AWARDS
Four Immaculata Students Honored by the Diocese of Metuchen
Caption: Immaculata school chaplain Fr. Mauricio Tabera, St Timothy Award recipients Sean Doran and Noah Jordan, Bishop James Checchio, Sr. Mary Virginia Quinn, St. Teresa Award recipients Megan and Sarah Adam
The Diocese of Metuchen recently recognized the significant service work of four Immaculata seniors at the annual Youth Awards Mass, held at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi with Bishop James F. Checchio bestowing the St. Timothy and St. Teresa awards to teens from parishes and high schools in the diocese.
Sean Doran of Branchburg and Noah Jordon of Hillsborough were named as St. Timothy Service Award recipients; Megan and Sarah Adam of Bridgewater were honored with the St. Teresa Service Awards. The criteria for the St.Timothy Award winners are individuals who demonstrate leadership and service roles in their parish/school, and set a positive example for other youth by demonstrating Gospel values through spirituality, prayer and service to others. Saint Teresa Service Award winners exemplify this quote from Mother Teresa, “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” The award winners must live as Christ’s disciples, be witnesses to their faith by exhibiting Catholic morals, integrity, service, and leadership.
All four Award winners are very involved in Immaculata’s Campus Ministry in retreats, service, and spiritual programs. Last year alone, Noah Jordan donated 240 hours of his time to service opportunities, including working as a volunteer in a special needs classroom, running in the SHIP 5 K run, participating in the Zombie Prom at Matheny, helping to refurbish a shelter for pregnant women, and working to help the poor in Appalachia. A retreat leader last year, he has served as an altar server for eight years and now trains new servers. A retreat leader and Lata Living leader, Sean Doran is a lector and altar server. His involvement in service is commendable; he participates in Farmers Against Hunger, food shopping for the elderly, working with the homeless locally and in Appalachia, the stewardship program for Mother Earth, and providing assistance at the Food Bank.
On the Immaculate Conception Parish level, Megan and Sarah Adam have served as altar servers, been a member of the Art and Environment Committees, and decorated the Church for Christmas and Easter. They represent the parish and Catholic education at the 4H Fair booth and taught summer Bible School. Megan and Sarah were recently recognized for their contributions to the Fall Friday Fund Raiser Program at Immaculata home football games. Each have completed 300 hours in their first three years of high school including involvement with the annual Campus Ministry Garage sale, work with providing food to the needy, and teaching swimming to autistic children.
“We are so proud of our Award winners,” says Campus Ministry Director Maureen Cote. “They exemplify what Immaculata stands for and what Campus Ministry promotes: living their steadfast faith through prayer, service, and example. We congratulate them and their families for their accomplishments.”
It is the hope of Campus Ministry that all of our students can participate in our activities and not be prevented from doing so by finances. To that end, an annual major fundraiser is held in May, the Garage Sale. Items are donated by the community and the sale is staffed by our faculty, staff, students and parents. Proceeds from previous years' Garage Sales were used to purchase a new van for Campus Ministry, assist the needy and support our Outreach programs.